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The Best Things to Do in Israel

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One would be hard pressed to find a country more steeped in history, culture, and religious tradition than Israel. Once there, you'll find a vibrant mix of modernity and antiquity, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern philosophies and practices, and dramatic landscapes. A major focal point for three of the world's major religions, the spiritual weight and sanctity of the city is almost palpable in the winding streets of Jerusalem.
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Running along Israel’s northern coast in western Galilee, the beautiful white chalk cliffs of Rosh HaNikra (which means “head of the grottoes” in Hebrew) provide a host of fun activities. Visitors can ride a steep cable car from...
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The Dead Sea, which borders Israel and Jordan, is the lowest point on earth, sitting 1,410 feet below sea level, and continuing to drop as both countries divert water from the River Jordan. As one of the world’s most saline bodies of water...
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כביש 90, Israel
A beautiful 15,000-acre park in Israel's Negev Desert, north of Eilat, Timna Park offers visitors spectacular views of the arid desert landscape and ancient geological formations. One highlight is the copper mine at Mount Timna, which...
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Yefe Nof St 61, Haifa, Israel
The Bahá'í Gardens—geometric, meticulously manicured,and covering the northern slope of Mount Carmel—are Haifa’s most recognizable landmark and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Rising up the summit of Mount Carmel...
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Pinkhas Eilon St 8, Holon, 5845400, Israel
Opened in 2010, the Design Museum Holon is the first museum in Israel dedicated to design. The iconic building, which quickly became a city landmark, was designed by acclaimed architect Ron Arad. By mounting exhibits on historical and...
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Old City, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
Jaffa, the oldest seaport in the world, is home to a vibrant multiethnic community of Muslims, Christians, and Jews next to Tel Aviv. Archaeology and ancient documents show that Jaffa has been in existence as a port city for more than 4,000...
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Olei Zion St, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
The ever-colorful Jaffa Flea Market, in operation for more than 100 years, inhabits a portside neighborhood of alleyways, covered walkways, and outdoor verandas. Wander the endless market streets to find restored antiques and handicrafts, Judaica...
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9171002, Jerusalem, Israel
As the country's largest cultural institution, the Israel Museum is ranked among the world’s leading art and archaeology museums. Founded in 1965, it presents encyclopedic collections of international, Israeli, and contemporary art and...
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Jerusalem, Israel
Jerusalem’s Yad Vashem ensures that the magnitude of the Holocaust's injustices are never forgotten. Visiting the museum is an educational, as well as emotional, experience and should not be rushed. The museum is dedicated to...
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Jerusalem
This church in Jerusalem's Old City is considered one of the world’s holiest Christian sites. It is believed that Jesus of Nazareth was crucified on this site, and it is the location of Jesus’ tomb, where he is said to have been...
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Jerusalem
The Western Wall (also called the Kotel) is a remnant of the ancient wall that surrounded the Jewish Temple’s courtyard in the Old City of Jerusalem. It is one of the most sacred sites in Judaism, outside the Temple Mount itself. The plaza...
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Sea of Galilee
The Sea of Galilee has had a variety of names since biblical times, but in modern Israel, it’s called Lake Kinneret. Regardless of its name, the Kinneret is the focal point of Galilee. This beautiful freshwater lake is lined with ideal...
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Masada, Israel
On a rocky plateau overlooking the Dead Sea lies the 2,000-year-old cliff-top fortress of Masada. Next to Jerusalem, it is the most popular destination for tourists visiting Israel. In addition to its sheer natural beauty, Masada is also the...
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Nazareth, Israel
Nazareth is described in the New Testament as the childhood home of Jesus Chris, as well as the site where the angel Gabriel told Mary that she was to conceive a child through the power of the Holy Spirit. Thus, it's the location of the Church of...
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Makhtesh Ramon
Formed by water erosion 200 million years ago—and not by a meteor impact, as is often presumed—the Makhtesh Ramon is a geologic jewel amid the majestic landscape of Israel's Negev Desert. The earth's largest natural crater (makhtesh),...
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Safed, Israel
The multifaceted mountaintop town of Safed, located almost 3,000 feet above sea level in Upper Galilee, boasts magnificent views of the Golan Heights, Sea of Galilee, and Lebanon. The city first became prominent when the Crusaders built a...
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Migdal St 5, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
Gaga is a "movement language" developed by Ohad Naharin, famed choreographer and former artistic director of Israel's prestigious Batsheva Dance Company (he remains the house choreographer). The dance is designed to be a means of better...
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Gordon Beach
Tel Aviv is known for its picturesque stretches of soft sand beaches filled with lively tanned locals and tourists swimming, snorkeling, and playing matkot (the Israeli version of the raquet sport paddle ball). But with a handful of different...
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Eilat, Israel
The beaches, nightlife, and desert landscapes of Eilat make it a popular destination for both local and international visitors, but it also has a unique coral reef in the Red Sea. Eilat’s Underwater Observatory Marine Park is in the...
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Located in southern Galilee in the Jordan Valley, Beit She'an National Park was created to protect and preserve the site of one of Israel's oldest cities. One can easily spend a few hours exploring the vast and fascinating park. Some of the...
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Bethlehem, IN 47104, USA
The West Bank city of Bethlehem, about 5.5 miles south of Jerusalem, is sacred to Christians as the birthplace of Jesus Christ. Perched on a hill at the edge of the Judean desert, Bethlehem has been a destination for Christian pilgrims since the...
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Caesarea, the city and harbor that Herod built, is now preserved as a national park. A walk along its pathways allows visitors to experience the city’s role as part of ancient Rome and its days during the Crusades in the Byzantine era. Check...
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מתחם גולדה מאיר, שדרות שאול המלך 27, תל אביב יפו, Israel
The Tel Aviv Museum of Art, or TAMA, is home to an extraordinary collection of modern and contemporary art by Israeli and international artists—including some from the old masters and those of the 20th century—as well as prints,...
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Herzliya, Israel
Tel Aviv’s love affair with design dates back to the 1930s and ’40s, when the city’s architects—influenced by Germany’s modernist Bauhaus movement—constructed more than 4,000 iconic, clean-lined apartment houses and commercial spaces. Today,...